Cold War Stories

British Dystopian Fiction, 1945-1990

Authors: Hammond, Andrew

  • This is the first comprehensive study of modern British dystopian fiction
  • Addresses dystopian concerns which are rarely studied in scholarship
  • Argues that the British dystopian tradition evolved out of specific features of national experience, such as Britain’s engagement in the Cold War, the nation’s loss of global prestige and the declining status of literature in national culture
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This book is the first comprehensive study of mainstream British dystopian fiction and the Cold War. Drawing on over 200 novels and collections of short stories, the monograph explores the ways in which dystopian texts charted the lived experiences of the period, offering an extended analysis of authors’ concerns about the geopolitical present and anxieties about the national future. Amongst the topics addressed are the processes of Cold War (autocracy, militarism, propaganda, intelligence, nuclear technologies), the decline of Britain’s standing in global politics and the reduced status of intellectual culture in Cold War Britain. Although the focus is on dystopianism in the work of mainstream authors, including George Orwell, Doris Lessing, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter and Anthony Burgess, a number of science-fiction novels are also discussed, making the book relevant to a wide range of researchers and students of twentieth-century British literature.

About the authors

Andrew Hammond is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton, UK. His research interests are Cold War fiction, twentieth-century British fiction, postcolonial literature and theory and cross-cultural representation. Previous publications include The Novel and Europe (editor, 2016), British Fiction and the Cold War (2013) and British Literature and the Balkans (2010).

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cold War Stories
Book Subtitle
British Dystopian Fiction, 1945-1990
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61548-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61548-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61547-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 168
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